Monday, April 9, 2018

SU Updates! Retiring List, Color Revamp, Birthday Special


Hi Crafty Friends!

Spring! It's such a fun time of year! Especially in the Stampin' Up world. 
And I have lots to share with you.

So, today SU released the retiring list, these are items that will no longer be available after May 31 or sooner depending on availability. If there's something you've had your eye on, now would be the time to order, especially if it's any of the retiring in-colors.

Like any business, we need to let go of some things so that we can offer new products and continue to innovate. Stay tuned for more info below.

You can click HERE or the graphic below to see the retiring list.


Shopping now? Please use host code N9W72SQ2. Keep on reading for more info and go all the way to the end to see my birthday month special.


Let's talk about our color revamp. We are changing up our color families. Some colors are retiring, some past colors are returning, and there are some new colors. Whew, it's a lot! 

But for good reasons. SU's current ink pad molds were getting old. So, they could either make the same ones or innovate. Of course they chose to innovate, right? I mean most of us aren't driving around with a big road atlas in the car anymore.

The new ink pads have lots of pluses. They are easier to open, they're stackable, and they have a new formula to prevent foaming (which sometimes shows up as bubbles on the ink pad and on our stamps/stamped images). All great things! We can keep using our current pads. We can supplement by adding in the new colors as desired. The only thing we shouldn't do is use current re-inkers on new pads. So let's take a look at the colors.

Retiring Colors


Returning Colors

First up, Flirty Flamingo which is one of our retiring in-colors is staying on as a core color.
Also returning: 
Mossy Meadow
Poppy Parade
Costal Cabana
Mint Macaron
Blackberry Bliss

Let's take a look at our revamped core color families.

Core Color Families


And now here's a closer look at our new core colors.

New Colors


And finally, the funnest part, let's look at the new in-colors!

In Colors

It's all pretty darn cool. Color is such an amazing thing! I'll be sharing more as time passes.

Our new catalog is coming soon! Demonstrators who attend the On Stage event (like me!) get to pre-pre-order. I'll be sharing my new stuff soon. All demos get to pre-order in May. So that we have time to make samples and prep for open houses and classes. 
(Remember you can join my team at anytime)
AND customers get to order new stuff in June!

Need a catalog? If you attend classes in the Crafty Corner, you'll pick one up in May when I get them. Live farther away? I'll ship you one! If you've ordered from me in the last year, I'll ship it for free. Haven't ordered, no worries, just pay the shipping ($7) and it's yours. If you are a totally new customer to me, your first catalog and shipping is on me. I want to share my store with you.

Finally! My birthday month special.

Today, the 9th is my birthday! So, for the rest of the month of April, I am offering a free gift with purchase. I know, I'm giving you gifts and it's my birthday. So cool. Place an order of $35 or more using the host code, N9W72SQ2 (through 4/22 at 8pm) and you can choose a pack of deminsionals (either size) or our linen thread. I'll send it to you in a handmade card. Ordering after the 22nd, no worries, I'll post a new host code.

I think I've covered everything. Questions, comments? Let me know.
Stay Crafty!
Audra













Wednesday, April 4, 2018

ICS Blog Hop, It's a Girl Thing. Apron of Love

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for the ICS blog hop!


This month, it's all about the women in our lives. This is the theme for my Just Cards classes this month too. I created a card using the Apron of Love bundle that is available in the Occasions catalog. It's such a cool bundle! There's something for everyone with this set.

I've made a card that would be great for Mother's Day or for your Mom's birthday.


Measurements:
Sweet Sugarplum card base, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in half
Whisper White card front, 4" x 5 1/4"
Crumb Cake, 2 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Petal Palette DSP, 1" x 5 1/4"

I'm looking forward to sharing this card in my classes on the 18th and 20th. Here's a peek at the other cards we'll make.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Click HERE or the arrow below to see what Ginger has to share. Have fun and then get to creating.


Want to join us in class? Let me know! 
Stay Crafty!





Thursday, March 29, 2018

Paper Pumpkin Thing, March 2018 Kit

Hi Crafty Friends!
It's the last Thursday of the month and that means it's time for a Paper Pumpkin Thing blog hop.


This month's kit is so pretty. It's all flowers and vintage looking. For my projects, I kept it super simple using just stuff from the kit.

Don't you think this would make a great gift? Let's take a closer look.


So you might know that I am a fan of some framed paper craft. Yeah, really. This was so fun to make. I used one of the Crumb Cake notecards as the base. I added one of the pink card fronts to one side and then put the flower bouquet die cut out right in the middle (popped up on dimensionals). A bow from the ribbon in the kit and I stamped the sentiment in the corner. Easy Peasy!

For my card, I used the products from the kit, just in a different arrangement.

That's the super fun thing about our Paper Pumpkin kits, you can use them as they come or change them up. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Have fun hopping along to see more inspiration.




Want to join the fun? Head on over to paperpumpkin.com and choose me as your demo. And until May 10th, you can save 50% off your first two months. What a great deal!

As always, contact me for more info.
Stay Crafty!



Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring Framed Art Sampler

Hi Crafty Friends!
I am super excited to share this month's framed art sampler project.



Doesn't it just say Spring? Of course it does! But it feels like Spring too. 

Measurements:
9" x 9" Whisper White
8 1/2" x 8 1/2" Pool Party
Squares (2)- 2" x 2" Whisper White, 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" Calypso Coral, 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" Whisper White
Small Rectangles (2)- 2" x 4 1/2" Whisper White, 2 1/4" x 4 3/4" Calypso Coral, 2 3/8" x 4 5/8" Whisper White
Big Rectangle- 2" x 7" Whisper White, 2 1/4" x 7 1/4" Calypso Coral, 2 3/8" x 7 3/8" Whisper White

I was thinking and planning on paper this planner for a few weeks and it all was featured around the word Spring.


I used our Large Letters Framelits and our Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. I used the colors from the paper for the rest of the project. The dots in the background are from the Painted Harvest stamp set. But any small dots would work. 
The Spring element I put in the center of the project.


Let's take a look at the rest of the project.


The top left square features the cute bunny from our Hello Easter stamp set in the Occasions Catalog. The grass is from the Picnic Basket Builder Framelits Dies.


The top right rectangle shows off the cherry blossoms from the must have set Colorful Seasons with coordinating dies. Seriously, if you don't own this set, we need to talk! 


I love this Bike Ride set with coordinating dies from the Annual Catalog. I used it in the same spot on the July/USA sampler last year (click here to have a look)


This bottom corner shows of the lovely big basket and flowers from the Picnic with You set and coordinating dies from the Occasions catalog.

And that's it! 5 great elements that would each be great on a card or small project and work wonderfully together on a framed art piece that you can show off for several months.


I frame mine up in 9" x 9" shadow box frames from Michael's or Ikea.

In closing, in a twist of irony, I put this project together on the first full day of Spring, and this is what was going on outside:


Yes, a Spring snow storm!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. If you need more info on any of the products used let me know.
Stay Crafty!










Sunday, March 18, 2018

Waterfront Series #4. A Simple Beach Scene

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today's post is a quick and simple beach scene using the Waterfront stamp set.


I love the joyful happiness of this card. And it's super easy to make. Check out this tutorial video:




Supplies and measurements:

Calypso Coral card stock (122925) 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in half
Whisper White card stock (100730) 4" x 5 1/4"
Pool Party card stock (122924) die cut with scalloped circle framelit from the Layering Circles Framelits(141705)
Whisper White card stock (100730) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" then cut with largest of Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372) My favorite!!
Calypso Coral ribbon from the free sale-a-bration set, 4"

Here's a look at all of the cards in this series:

Want to purchase a kit?
Kits include the paper supplies and embellishments, all cut and ready to use.
Kit with no stamp set, $16 mailed. $12 picked up.
Kit with Waterfront stamp set. $33 sent Priority Mail, $25 picked up.

Orders for kits with stamp set accepted until March 25. Additional ordering period will be added by request. Contact me for more info, audramonk@yahoo.com.

Ordering online, head to my website and click shop. 
Please use host code 6QEHHC2Z through March 25. 

Want to get all these great crafting supplies at a discount? And until March 31, 2018 an additional two free stamp sets! Join my team! It's a great deal. Go here and click join.

Questions, need help with anything? Just ask!
Stay Crafty!

Audra



Saturday, March 17, 2018

Waterfront Series #3. City Skyline at Sunset

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today's Waterfront project is a city scene!



Isn't this cool? I don't ever think I would have thought to make such a thing, which makes me so grateful that crafters are sharing people. I saw a similar project in a demo group. A demonstrator named Kim Jolley posted a few samples using part of the Waterfront stamp set to create a city scene. I checked out her blog, but I couldn't find a tutorial or video, so I started playing around and boy am I happy with the results.

This card has two main parts, the watercolor background and then the city skyline and I explain and demo them in the following tutorial video:




Measurements and supplies needed:

Basic Black card stock (121045) 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Whisper White card stock(100730) 4" x 5 1/4"
Basic Black card stock (121045) 3" x 4"
Water Color paper (122959)
Whisper White (100730) 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Aqua Painter (103954)
Stampin' Spritzer (126185)
Momento Black ink pad (132708)


E Block (118484)
Stampin' Write Markers
Perfect Plum
Fresh Fig
Berry Burst
Daffodil Delight
Real Red

I think my marker selection was slightly different from the sample and the video, but it really doesn't matter. Choose whatever colors seem to match your picture or imagination.

It's really crazy to think that you can make the whole scene with one stamp.




Here's a look at all the cards in this series:


Want to purchase a kit?

Kits include the paper supplies and embellishments, all cut and ready to use.

Kit with no stamp set, $16 mailed. $12 picked up.

Kit with Waterfront stamp set. $33 sent Priority Mail, $25 picked up.
Orders for kits with stamp set accepted until March 25. Additional ordering period will be added by request. Contact me for more info, audramonk@yahoo.com.

Ordering online, head to my website and click shop. 
Please use host code 6QEHHC2Z through March 25. 



Want to get all these great crafting supplies at a discount? And until March 31, 2018 an additional two free stamp sets! Join my team! It's a great deal. Go here and click join.

Questions, need help with anything? Just ask!
Stay Crafty!
Audra






Friday, March 16, 2018

Waterfront Series, #2. A Mountain Painting

Hi Crafty Friends!

Welcome to the second in a series featuring the super versatile and totally awesome Waterfront stamp set from Stampin' Up. Today, we're "painting" a mountain scene. I was inspired to make this card after watching a video by Linda Dalke, a Canadian demo. (My card looks a lot like hers.)


Isn't it lovely? It's so cool how it comes together. So don't be afraid! Gather some supplies and watch this tutorial video. Supplies and measurements listed after the video.

Here's the video tutorial:




Supplies and measurements:

Waterfront stamp set (146386)
Smoky Slate card stock (131202) 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in half, card base
Basic Black card stock (121045) 4' x 5 1/4"
Watercolor Paper (122959) 3 3/4" x 5"
Aqua Painter (103954)
Stampin' Spritzer (126185)
Memento Black ink pad (132708)
Night of Navy ink pad (126970)
Pool Party ink pad (126982)
Wisteria Wonder ink pad (1216985)
Soft Sky ink pad (131118)
Smoky Slate ink pad (131202)
Washi Tape, wide width one works best
E Block (118484)
Adhesive of your choice. I used Fast Fuse (129026) and Stampin' Dimensionals (104430). Tombo, our Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) would also be a great choice.

Here's a look at all of the cards in this series:

Want to purchase a kit?

Kits include the paper supplies and embellishments, all cut and ready to use.

Kit with no stamp set, $16 mailed. $12 picked up.

Kit with Waterfront stamp set. $33 sent Priority Mail, $25 picked up.
Orders for kits with stamp set accepted until March 25. Additional ordering period will be added by request. Contact me for more info, audramonk@yahoo.com.

Ordering online, head to my website and click shop. 
Please use host code 6QEHHC2Z through March 25. 



Want to get all these great crafting supplies at a discount? And until March 31, 2018 an additional two free stamp sets! Join my team! It's a great deal. Go here and click join.

Questions, need help with anything? Just ask!
Stay Crafty!
Audra